Israeli spokesman says emerging Iran nuclear deal dangerous

JERUSALEM, April 3 (AP) — Israel's government spokesman says a preliminary agreement on Iran's nuclear program is a "step in a very, very dangerous direction," arguing that it leaves Tehran with an expansive nuclear infrastructure.

Mark Regev said Friday that the understandings reached a day earlier between Iran and six world powers give "legitimacy to Iran's nuclear program and the sole purpose of that program is to get nuclear weapons."

Israel has harshly criticized the negotiations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned late Thursday that a deal based on these understandings would "threaten the survival of Israel."

The details of the framework deal need to be worked out by June 30. A final deal is meant to cut significantly into Iran's bomb-capable technology while giving Tehran quick access to assets and markets blocked by international sanctions.

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